Celebrate the Holidays, Do Not Linger by Food
Celebrating the Christmas-New Year Holidays is fun, but the festivities can add up to weight gain if you aren’t careful.
Pre-planning is Key if you do not want to start next year with a big weight loss goal.
This is the perfect time of year to step up exercise. Adding 15 mins a day every day can help burn off some of the extra calories you will be eating at family dinners and parties.
Remember, that you do not have to shun all healthy foods just because you are at a celebration.
Use party food to reach your goal of 5 to 7 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, fill up on these choices rather than chips, cakes and cookies.
Do not linger near the food: “out of sight, out of mind” is an effective strategy, especially when facing a tempting holiday buffet.
If the number of social events on your calendar heavy, pick 1 or 2 where you’ll relax your diet rules and allow yourself an extra serving of stuffing or slice of pie, whatever you look forward to the most.
Decide on the splurge upfront, savor every bite, and do not go back for seconds; try to keep it between 500 and 700 calories.
Holiday weight gain does not from 1 or 2 meals, but from endlessly eating food that is available everywhere you turn.
Swear off munching on treats during the day, and on making Midnight raids on your refrigerator of high-calorie leftovers.
Be strategic and selective about where and when you indulge and there will not be any backtracking on your weight loss.
Discipline and planning are Key.
Have a Happy Christmas Holiday Weekend.